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2016 Holt Lecture: "Mourning Lincoln"

2016 Holt Lecture: "Mourning Lincoln"

For the annual Rush D. Holt Lecture, The WVU Department of History and co-sponsor Department of English are happy to host, "Mourning Lincoln: The Assassination and the Aftermath of the Civil War.” The event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided for what promises to be an informative, intriguing, and delightful lecture.

We welcome Dr. Martha Hodes to share research from her new award-winning book, Mourning Lincoln. Mourning Lincoln is the recipient of the Lincoln Prize (awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History), the Avery O. Craven Prize (awarded by the Organization of American Historians), and many other honors including being named one of ten long-list finalists for the National Book Award, an Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review, and a Best Book of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal.

Public responses to Lincoln’s assassination have been well chronicled, but Martha Hodes is the first to delve into personal and private responses—of African Americans and whites, Yankees and Confederates, men and women, soldiers and civilians—investigating the story of the nation’s first presidential assassination on a human scale. Hodes brings to life a key moment of national uncertainty and conflict that takes us far beyond the headlines to illuminate the roots of the Civil War’s aftermath. Black freedom, the fate of former Confederates, and the future of the nation were at stake for everyone, whether they grieved or rejoiced when they heard the news.

Hodes is also the author of The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century and White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South. Hodes is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard University, the Fulbright Commission, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Whiting Foundation. She is also an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians, an organization devoted to distinguished historical writing. For more infomation on our speaker, see http://marthahodes.com/

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